Xu said there have also been signs showing climate cha

ange has resulted in lower wind speeds in the region. There h

as been a downward trend for average wind speeds in the cluster si

nce 1960 and especially after 1990. This is in line with the weakening trend of wind speeds made up of cold air from L

ake Baikal in Russia, which penetrates into the region from the northwest

A multilateral tax cooperation mechanism under the Belt and Road Initiative was establ

ished on Thursday in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. It aims to facili

tate cross-border trade and investment along BRI routes by helping resolve tax disputes.

The nonprofit mechanism, the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Admin

istration Cooperation Mechanism, or BRITACOM, includes tax authorities from 34 countr

ies and regions. Participating parties signed a memorandum of understanding and bec

ome council members on Thursday, including those from Kazakhstan, Uruguay and Nigeria.

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Collaboration between the tax administrations of BRI co

untries can lead to the pooling of skills and expertise on tax collection. It can also strengthen natio

nal tax rules in areas such as withholding tax, transfer pricing and dispute resolution to ensure that fair am

ounts of taxes are collected, said Daniel Witt, president of the International Tax and Investment Center.

“BRI countries should be careful not to create barriers to investment, an

d the priority should be to look at practical solutions to remove complexities and co

mpliance burdens on tax administrations and taxpayers,” Witt added.

To serve the BRI, Liao Tizhong, director-general of the International Taxation Department, State

Taxation Administration, said China has expanded a tax treaty network to cover 95 countries and regions.

The number of foreign companies from BRI countries that invest in China and pay annual

taxes of more than 5 million yuan reached 1,205 in 2018. Their average revenue grow

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ng tourism in Shanghai with arts. The local govern

ment has released a total of 40 culture-themed travel routes, as sideline events to guide visitors through Shanghai’s iconic

landmarks, according to Yu Xiufen, head of Shanghai’s culture and tourism bureau.

The state-level arts carnival will also announce the winners of tw

o important prizes – the Wenhua Award and the Qunxing Award. The Wenhua Award is a trienn

ial award established by the Culture and Tourism Ministry to honor outstanding stage pe

rformances, while the Qunxing Award is granted as the top prize for amateur artistic works.

Teachers and students from the artificial intelligence institute of Xidian

University in Northwest China’s Shaanxi province have developed a smart wheelchair for Zha

ng Wei, a post-1990 generation member who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or

ALS. The new device was created specifically for those with ALS, to better improve their daily lives.

According to Sun Long, who participated in the research and develop

ment, the wheelchair features a eye-tracking system and advanced technologies inclu

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ding AI and internet of things. The system can read t

the ALS patients’ thoughts through identifying the patien

ts’ eyeballs movements to collect information, and then move the wheelchair automatically.

It can also move safely at night. Further improvements will be made to the system to correct for

minor deviations when operating under bright light.Zhang Wei operates the wheelchair at a residential commu

nity in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, April 17, 2019. Zhang has climbed two of China’s Five Great Mountains on his han

Beijing plans to add more kindergarten slots and strengthen security measures to make sur

e children can receive an affordable and safe preschool education, officials said on Thursday.

Feng Hongrong, deputy inspector of the Beijing Education Co

mmission, said the city plans to enroll another 30,000 kinder

gartners through renovating and expanding existing operations, and to support

State-owned and private enterprises, institutions, communities and individuals in building of new ones.

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ent has offered 1,000 yuan($149) per month of subsi

dies for each student and the district government has offered another 500 yuan per m

onth for each student. The students are only required to pay tuition of 900 yuan per month.

Apart from ensuring students get a high-quality education, the sub

sidies are also used to increase the salaries of teachers and give them better training, she said.

To ensure that more students receive inexpensive yet hig

h-quality preschool education, the school added 270 new kinde

rgarten slots in 2016, she said. It now has 18 classes and more than 540 students.

Children attending public kindergartens or affordable private on

es will account for 80 percent of all preschoolers by 2020, according to a d

irective issued recently by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.

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Rules for scientific researchers set out by Ministry of Edu

Researchers should strictly follow the standards and code of conduct of scientific research a

nd not embezzle or misuse scientific research funds, the Ministry of Education said on Wednesday.

They should not commit fraud to obtain a research

project, research fund and other awards or honorary titles, the ministry said.

Researchers should not seek reimbursement for items that they are supposed to

pay for themselves, and they should not embezzle funds for other purposes, it said.

Research projects that require external help should be made publ

ic at the university. If there are profits involved between the research leader

and external organizations, they should first sign a contract and submit it to the university, it said.

University administrative staff should not seek profi

ts or advantages in applying for and allocating research funds, the ministry said.

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Alibaba Group led China’s best employer list this yea

 followed by Baidu and ByteDance, according to the employment-oriented social networking platform LinkedIn.

The ranking list is based on feedback from LinkedIn’s more than 40 million users in China, taking fo

ur aspects into consideration — interest in the company, engagement with employees, job demands and employee retention.

Qualified companies must have had at least 500 employees as of Feb 1, 2018, and demonst

rate flat or positive employee growth over the following 12 months, based on LinkedIn’s data.

Among the top 25 companies to work for in 2019, 15 of them are technology companies, as the results showed.

Here is the top 10 list for best employers in China.

A traditional craft maker in Qinzhou, a city in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous

region, found a clue to boost popularity of its more-than-1,300-year-old workmanship. That is tourism.

Long Shaorong, vice-general manager with Qinzhou Nixing Pottery Arts Co Ltd, bets big on

tourism to beef up sales of Nixing pottery, one of the top four potteries in China, which originates from Tang Dynasty.

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Shaorong, vice-general manager of Qinzhou Nixing Po

He told China Daily his company’s priority is to attract more peo

ple, especially non-locals, to visit and boost sales, as local consumption has limited potent

ial. The company is eyeing more business opportunities based on word-of-mouth among visitors, Long said.

This “one-stop industrial tourism”, as Long calls it, has contrib

uted more than 60 percent in total sales since his company started to feel out the market in 2005.

Long witnessed the company transform from a State-owned enterprise to a market-orient

ed limited company at the turn of century. By streamlining internal bodies and lifting the proportion of em

ployees involved in production while promoting its products via culture and tourism, costs can be cut, according to Long.

Now, he added, the annual production value of the company has reached 10 million yuan ($1.5 million).

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Craftsmen carve out niche with Nixing pottery

Photos have been released of China’s first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier on its recent fifth sea trial.

The trial tested the carrier’s command and control system and battle performa

nce, with the vessel completing tests of its mooring, power, battle and security system.

Unmanned convenience stores, vending machines, mobile payment…thanks to the latest technology, shopping has become even more effortless.

But shopping experience will go further than that: an eye-catching robot in Xi’an, Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, has hit the streets selling drinks and ice creams.

Powered by 4G networking and artificial intelligence, the human-shaped robot, Mr Doer, offe

rs ice creams and drinks on its own. The robot can also recite adapted poems or even dance to attract customers.

The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Res

erve in Sichuan province said on Wednesday it had started rebuilding a fence where a visitor had touched a panda cub.

It was making the fence higher so that visitors cannot reach the pandas

and it asked visitors to keep away from the animals. It asked them to refrain from climb

ing over the fence and from feeding or touching the pandas, said Wang Jisi, an information officer at the center.

On April 7, a woman surnamed Han said in social media that she and som

ebody else had managed to touch a panda cub without the consent of the center.

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Information compiled by the NGO from government docum

ents show that at least 162 sources of drinking water across the country have been aba

ndoned or were slated for suspension over the past decade, mostly in the south.

It said many areas in the south must receive water diverted from far

away because of local pollution. For some areas in the north, diversion is chosen beca

use of water shortages. Many places in Jiangsu province have turned to the Yangtze for water.

Previously, cities in southern Jiangsu relied on Taihu Lake, China’s third-largest fresh

water lake, and other local water bodies for their drinking water. This changed, however, after a major outbr

eak of blue-green algae in 2007. The incident forced Wuxi to temporarily suspend water supplies. After the inci

dent, major cities in the Taihu basin turned to the Yangtze for drinking water, the report said.

In Taizhou, located on the north shore of the Yangtze, Xinghua is the o

nly one of six areas administrated by the city that has yet to tap the Yangtze for its drinking wat

er. But a diversion project from the river was listed on the Xinghua government’s agenda last year.

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